Bangladesh women’s cricket team’s struggles in South Africa continued as the visiting side faced a humiliating defeat in the second ODI at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom Sunday. The tourist were first all out for just 89 runs, which the South African women chased down with ease in 17.1 overs to register a nine-wicket win.
The defeat was Bangladesh’s second in the five-match ODI series. The women in red and green had earlier started the series losing the first ODI by 106 runs at the same venue Friday.
Bangladesh made a confident start to the tour winning the lone warm-up game against a local side, performing well with both bat and ball. However, the visiting side seemed to have lost their momentum in the face of some formidable competition from the opposition.
Bangladesh decided to bat first but the decision turned out to be a horrific one as the side could sustain only 39.5 overs before getting dismissed. The top four batters could only add a combined 12. Lower order batter Panna Ghosh was unbeaten on 20 while the No 10 Jahanara Alam and middle-order batter Nigar Sultana added 18 and 17 respectively. But the efforts were barely enough.
South Africa pacer Ayabonga Khaka and right-arm spinner Raisibe Ntozakhe picked up three wickets each.
Chasing the target, the host lost only one wicket as opener Laura Wolvaardt and wicketkeeper-batter Trisha Chetty remained unbeaten on 37 and 13 to take the home side to the destination. Opener Lizelle Lee added 32 to the tally before Bangladesh all-rounder Salma Khatun removed her in the 12th over.
90/1 in 17.5 overs (Wolvaardt 37*, Lee 32) beat Bangladesh
89 in 39.5 overs (Panna 20*, Khaka 3/13) by nine wickets